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bi·re·frin·gence

 (bī′rĭ-frĭn′jəns)
n.
The resolution or splitting of a light wave into two unequally reflected or transmitted waves by an optically anisotropic medium such as calcite or quartz. Also called double refraction.

bi′re·frin′gent adj.

birefringence

(ˌbaɪrɪˈfrɪndʒəns)
n
(General Physics) another name for double refraction
ˌbireˈfringent adj

dou′ble refrac′tion


n.
the separation of a ray of light into two unequally refracted, plane-polarized rays of orthogonal polarizations, occurring in crystals in which the velocity of light rays is not the same in all directions. Also called birefringence.
[1870–75]

birefringence

double refraction; the separation of light into two unequally refracted, polarized rays, as by some crystals. — birefringent, adj.
See also: Light
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.birefringence - splitting a ray into two parallel rays polarized perpendicularlybirefringence - splitting a ray into two parallel rays polarized perpendicularly
refraction - the change in direction of a propagating wave (light or sound) when passing from one medium to another
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